Leave the plastic packaging on the shelf, to send a strong message to supermarkets. Most now allow you to do this, so don’t be shy! 1 Million Women has a petition to sign and send letters to CEOs; any time you see produce wrapped in plastic, they ask you take a photo and post it online with the hashtag #leaveitontheshelf. The other solution is to just pop produce loose in your bag (a few apples tumbling loose in your bag, is better than a dolphin getting choked).
But what if you need to use packaging? Below are some companies that make reusable produce bags (they weigh nothing on the scales, let produce breathe at home, and even double-up as colanders: use FRESHPAPER (impregnated with organic spices) to help produce last longer in the fridge (8 sheets gives 2 months supply). If you can’t avoid plastic packaging, most councils now accept plastic bottles (with lids), juice and milk cartons – and most supermarkets let you recycle plastic bread & toilet roll packaging, along with washed film from ready-meals, if used. But the best idea is to obviously avoid it in the first place.
Don’t know whether to choose organic (plastic-wrapped) bananas or Fair Trade loose ones? The reason organic bananas are packed in plastic is due to them being sold in stores that have non-organic produce (so they are not allowed to mix). So the ideal solution is to buy bananas from organic farm shops, then they won’t be plastic-wrapped. Or eat an organic apple!
- Green Island Cotton Mesh Produce Bags are sold in a set of 3, ideal to keep items separate. Each has a handy drawstring closure. They weigh hardly anything and have a mesh design, to easily see what’s inside. They even double up as colanders.
- Tabitha Eve Mesh Produce Bags are good for weighing and storing fresh produce. Made from organic cotton.
- Tabitha Eve’s Linen Produce Bags are made from quality linen cloth, derived from flax seeds.
- Go Bambu Organic Produce Bags are available in small, medium and large, and are easily washed and reused. Then they easily biodegrade, at end of use. Use them to weigh and carry fruits, veggies, breads or muffins. 10% of profits are given to sustainable charities.
Bric Organic Cotton Vegetable Bag has a fun carrot design, cut and printed in Bristol using eco-friendly water-based inks. Made from 100% organic cotton, this reusable bag has a drawstring cord to pull closed, making it really easy to use. The thick cotton helps to keep produce fresh.